Kent, WA- The Seattle Thunderbirds (6-1-1-0, 13 pts) received two goals from Ethan Bear and held on in the third period to defeat the Tri-City Americans (4-5-1-0, 9 pts) 3-2 in front of 4,066 at the ShoWare Center on Wednesday Night.
Seattle came out strong and got the better scoring chances in the first period. The Thunderbirds had the shot advantage 11-10, but the Americans were the first to put the puck in the net. Michael Rasmussen slipped the puck past Logan Flodell on the power play for a 1-0 lead after the first period.
The Thunderbirds tried to get back into the game, and found the tying goal 13:32 into the second from Scott Eansor. The Americans outshot the Thunderbirds 7-6, but couldn’t find a goal as the game was tied going into the third period.
Early in the third, Ethan Bear scored with a wrist shot from the slot to put the Thunderbirds up 2-1. But the Americans would answer, as Rasmussen fired a pass to Morgan Geekie at the back door, putting the puck into the net to even the score at two. Seattle retook the lead on the power play, as a screen blocked the view of an Ethan Bear shot that rippled the twine for the 3-2 lead. Tri-City pressed to get the tying goal, with some solid scoring chances to even the game. Logan Flodell played well down the stretch and made some big saves to help Seattle earn the victory.
Tri-City extends its road losing streak to three games.
The Americans were 1-of-7 on the power play and spent 30 minutes in the penalty box. Tri-City has a power play goal in eight straight games. The Thunderbirds were 1-of-6 on the power play and recorded 40 penalty minutes.
Logan Flodell stopped 27 shots in the win while Evan Sarthou made 22 saves in the loss.
Tri-City will head home for a pair of home games, starting this Friday, Oct. 23, when the Americans host the defending Eastern Conference Champion Brandon Wheat Kings (7-1-0-2, 16 pts). Game time is at 7:05 p.m. at the Toyota Center. The Americans earned a win in overtime last season, 4-3, in Brandon. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations, including the Toyota Center Box Office, at any Fred Meyer outlet and online at Ticketmaster.com.
Jack in the Box Three Stars
1. Ethan Bear, Seattle
2. Logan Flodell, Seattle
3. Michael Rasmussen, Tri-City
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